A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Public health dental hygiene teams provide serves in 28 Kentucky counties, visiting schools to help kids

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is honoring the Kentucky Oral Health Program in recognition of National Dental Hygiene Month. The Oral Health Program consists of 11 public health dental hygiene teams providing services in 28 Kentucky counties. These teams visit local schools to assess, clean and apply fluoride varnish and sealants to a child’s molars.  The fluoride varnish provides...

Anti-smoking coalition launches lofty goal: Adding $1 to cigarette tax in next legislative session

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News More than 100 people representing at least 84 groups gathered at the state Capitol Annex Oct. 18 to launch the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow, with its leader boldly stating they hope to add $1 to Kentucky’s 60-cent-per-pack cigarette tax in the 2018 legislative session. “We hope that we can make some progress on this cigarette tax in this session...

Beechwood promotes health, wellness with REACH collaboration with NKY Health Department

Special to NKyTribune More gardening. More playing. More nutritious snacking. After a two-year project in collaboration with the Northern Kentucky Health Department, Beechwood Independent School District is offering more health and wellness support for students and staff. Schools now have fresh vending machines, which include healthy snacks such as hummus and carrots, protein bars, fruit and vegetable...

Prevention FIRST! hosts 2017 Red Ribbon Week Youth Summit for Cincy, NKY students at the zoo

PreventionFIRST!, in collaboration with the Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, will host the 2017 Red Ribbon Week Youth Summit on Friday. The Youth Summit is designed to engage students in grades nine through 12 from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky in substance use/misuse prevention.  This is a unique opportunity...

LiveWell NKY partners with Center for Great Neighborhoods to coordinate health movement

Partners in the LiveWell NKY initiative have announced that the role of its fiscal agent for the Northern Kentucky health promotion initiative will transition from the Northern Kentucky Regional Alliance to the Center for Great Neighborhoods effective November 1. LiveWell NKY is a communitywide initiative designed to improve the health of Northern Kentucky residents through changes in policy and environments....

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) held up in Congress; excess funds sent to 5 states, not KY

By Michael Ollove Stateline While Congress has failed to restore funding to the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Trump administration has made $230 million in excess funds from previous years available to five states and four U.S. territories that were in danger of running out of money the soonest. (CHIP provides health insurance to 9 million low-income children and pregnant...

St. Elizabeth raises awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome with Period of PURPLE Crying program

SmartHealth Today team All babies born at the St. Elizabeth Family Birth Place in the months of November and December will receive a purple knitted hat to raise awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome. The purple knitted hats represent the “Period of PURPLE Crying,” a nationwide educational program focused on informing parents and caregivers about crying in healthy infants. These bouts of crying –...

NKY Council of the Blind, Covington Police to hold White Cane Safety Day event on Monday

On Monday the Northern Kentucky Council of the Blind and the Covington Police Department will be conducting the 2017 White Cane Safety Day event. The event includes demonstrations of electronics and gadgets used by the blind and visually impaired to navigate in their daily lives. Additionally, there will be a demonstration on how to use white canes. White Cane Safety Day will take place from 11 a.m....

NKU to host conference focused on evidence-based research of neonatal abstinence syndrome

Northern Kentucky University will host the inaugural conference of the Ohio River Valley Addiction Research Consortium (ORVARC). The conference will focus on evidence-based research on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and will be held on November 10, 2017 in the Student Union. ORVARC’s mission is to increase collaboration among researchers, regardless of institutional and disciplinary boundaries,...

Josh Blair: Breast Cancer Awareness hits close to home; too many loved ones are lost to the disease

October brings thoughts of apple cider, pumpkin pie, and football But it’s also a time to reflect on something more important: breast cancer. Every year, October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This topic hits close to home for me. Last March, I lost my stepmother, Lucinda, to breast cancer. It was her second fight with the terrible disease and unfortunately this time she didn’t...

New report shows staggering increase in number of Kentucky adults, children receiving disability benefits

A new report shows an increase of staggering proportions in the number of Kentucky adults and children receiving disability benefits. The report was prepared by Kentucky’s Disability Determination Services (DDS), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and presented at the Kentucky Work Matters task force meeting yesterday in Frankfort. The groundbreaking study of outcomes covers...

Lyn Hacker: Do Not Resuscitate and other end of life decisions — think about them now, while you can

The death of much beloved rock icon, Tom Petty, and maybe the violence in Las Vegas has brought up some serious considerations of the concepts of DNR or Do Not Resuscitate Orders. DNRs and Advance Directives are not things that people tend to think of until they get much older, which might be unfortunate. It seems the younger you are, the more resistant you are in thinking something catastrophic might...

Health Department offers flu vaccine at county health centers, asks residents to protect themselves, others

With 13 varieties of vaccines licensed and a wide range of providers offering it, there certainly is a lot of choice around flu vaccine this fall. But Northern Kentucky Health Department officials say the most important choice is deciding to protect yourself and those around you by getting vaccinated. “Flu is what we call an equal opportunity infector—anyone can get the flu,” said Lynne M. Saddler,...

Early detection, screenings is best protection against second leading cause of cancer deaths for women

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In Kentucky, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women. The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) advises screening. “Breast Cancer awareness, early detection and screening are vital issues for women and their families,” said CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson....

BC Animal Shelter sees increase in distemper cases encourages dog owners to vaccinate for disease

The Boone County Animal Shelter is advising dog owners to vaccinate their pets for distemper. The recommendation comes after the shelter began seeing an increase in the number of respiratory disease cases that began last week. Four samples were sent for testing and two of those samples were positive for canine distemper. “While illness in an animal shelter is not uncommon, we saw several dogs exhibiting...